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Tips for Making a Winter Survival Kit for Your Car

Spending time on the road in Meadville can increase your risk of an accident or injury due to the harsh weather conditions that are present. It's important to drive with a winter survival kit to ensure you can have the necessary tools and equipment to get out of a bind. We at Griffin Kia want you to be informed and have provided a few tips for making a winter survival kit for your car.

Pack your car with travel gear, which includes an ice scraper, flares, jumper cables, and chains for your tires. You should also have a spare…

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Let's Compare Winter Tires to All-Season Tires

When we hit the part of the year that brings shorter days at Griffin Kia, we begin receiving questions about winter tires. Often, we are asked whether all-season tires are sufficient in winter conditions. For your safety and on-road confidence, you simply need winter tires on ice and deep snow. To help you determine whether to visit us in Meadville for new winter tires, let's compare details of these tire classes.

All-season tires roll best on temperate days. Their components encourage durability, low road noise and sufficient handling on dry or wet road surfaces.

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What to Consider When Getting a New Battery

Batteries are one of those wear-and-tear items that eventually give out. One day you step into your car and the engine won't turn over. Most batteries have a life of three to four years depending on a variety of conditions. When it's time for a new battery, the service department at Griffin Kia will help you select a new one.

Getting a new battery for your vehicle isn't difficult and the service to replace it is quick. Choosing the right brand is important. We stock batteries recommended by the manufacturer, so you know you'll get one…

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5 Signs Your Ignition May Need Service

Your Vehicle Stalls
It's always alarming when your vehicle turns off without your control. If this happens while waiting at a light, chances are your vehicle is not properly providing electricity as a result of an ignition malfunction.

Your Key Will Not Turn in the Ignition
If you cannot get your key to turn in the ignition, or if it gets stuck, you are experiencing issues with your ignition and will need to visit a mechanic.

Flickering Dashboard Lights
Although not always the case, flickering dashboard lights may indicate a need for an ignition check-up.
 

 

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Keep Your Vehicle Smelling Fresh

There are some places you frequent that a foul odor is expected. Locker rooms, for example, will most likely always have some sort of unpleasant smell. Your car, on the other hand, should be a place that you can enjoy a fresh scent whenever you step inside. At Griffin Kia, we want to help you keep your vehicle smelling fresh with these easy odor control tips.

A good first step is to vacuum your vehicle thoroughly. While this may seem overly simple, you'd be surprised at what you will find underneath your seats and in your trunk. This step…

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What to Do if You Have Rodent Damage

Rodents are practically everywhere. Are they chewing up the hoses and components of your vehicle? If you do find that you have rodent damage, then one the first things you are going to have to do is take your vehicle to Griffin Kia in order to get it fixed. The amount of money you are going to have to pay depends on a lot of factors.

One factor to the payment of your vehicle is how adequate the coverage is on your insurance policy. If you have the right type of coverage, then you are going to be able to…

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Understanding Engine Oil Viscosity Ratings


Deciphering the oil viscosity ratings can often be confusing for those not familiar with what every letter and number means. A viscosity measurement is determined by how much the engine oil can resist flow as it comes out of the bottle. Low viscosity ratings are ideal in colder temperatures while higher readings function more effectively in warmer temperatures. The number before the W is the figure at low temperatures and the number after is the viscosity when the engine is running hot.
 

 

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Crucial tips for roadside emergencies on the streets of Meadville!

Sometimes, accidents and breakdowns just happen. No matter how hard you work keep your vehicle dependable, matter how safely you drive, eventually you’re going to have a roadside emergency. Below are a few things to bear in mind that could save your life and those of other drivers.

  • The most common emergency was a blowout. When this happens, it’s actually all right to continue driving on your rim until you can safely pullover far from traffic. Rims are surprisingly durable in the short term.
  • Be sure to pullover as far away from traffic as possible, and to place…
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Applying Touch Up Paint to the Exterior of Your Vehicle

Our service center wanted to pass along a simply guide on how to touch up small chips in the paint on the exterior of your vehicle.

Begin by taking a clean cloth and dipping into a water soap mix. The goal here is cleaning out the chip of any dirt or debris. Place a dab of polishing compound on that chip, then use the dry end of the cloth to work the polish into the paint to soften the edges around the chip. Once dry, you can move to the painting step.

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Summer Vs. All-Season Tires—Which Should You Choose?

Whether you regularly commute long distances or your daily travel occurs within a limited area, choosing the right tires for your vehicle is critical. Every driver should keep in mind the differences between summer and all-season tires when making a tire purchase.

The main difference between all-season and summer tires is that all-season tires offer at least moderate traction benefits in all weather conditions while summer tires are specifically designed for enhanced performance on hot pavement and during heavy summer rain events.

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